There’s an old wives’ tale about going to a concert in the rain when storm-drenched boots line the venue floor and a really ratchet drunk girl double fisting two beers like a champ tries to dance with you and your friends–
While those things totally happened I don’t know where I’m going with this. Also, I’m not totally sure I know what the phrase “old wives’ tale” even means. What I do know is that G-Eazy and Skizzy Mars gave one hell of a performance in that beat up Atlanta joint a couple of months ago and made new fans with carefully prepared set lists, lighting, and live percussion. I had the unique privilege of interviewing G before the show.
Hit the jump to read our interview with G-Eazy… Continue reading “Interview: G-Eazy in ATL” »
I was in the middle of watching Jimmy Fallon’s discussion with Chris Hardwick at the Paley Center when I got a text. In the videos (which can be viewed here), Jimmy Fallon discusses how he came up in the comedy world–throughout the interview, he never once sounded pompous or arrogant; instead, he was his usual, charismatic self, filled with pride and excitement and a healthy dose of self-effacement. Well, the text was from Hoodie Allen. He wanted me to review his new free album Crew Cuts, which was coming out at noon. In his text, he said he wanted me to absorb the music and feel no pressure to have a review out by noon. Of course, I’m doing the exact opposite, but that’s not the point. Hoodie wanted feedback–genuine, good ol’ fashioned feedback.
A lot can be written about Hoodie Allen, the rapper: how he has removed the boundary between himself and his fans on Twitter, how his EP reached #1 on iTunes completely independently, how he does not exactly look like your stereotypical rapper, etc. Whatever. What about Hoodie Allen, the man? On Crew Cuts, it becomes abundantly clear who Hoodie Allen is.
If you look at this free album as a whole, you see two versions of Hoodie and where they overlap. There’s the carefree, “lady killer” Hoodie heard in the lead singles “Cake Boy” and “Fame Is For Assholes.” Then, there’s the more serious, reminiscent Hoodie found on album highlights “Let Me Be Me” and “Good Intentions.” Finally, there’s the overlap, where Hoodie deals with a fame complex, a chronic issue of my generation. That is, balancing the want and need and drive to be famous and the pains of moving past the excitement of the struggle and adventure and naiveté of young adulthood.
“Where Do We Go Now” is perhaps the best example of the overlap. It ebbs and flows through clever jabs at Al Pacino (Hoodie’s biggest fan), a shout out to super-producer/international superstar Brenton Duvall, and an extended Full House reference that had me laughing out loud at first listen, along with a narrative about his youth and general come up. It’s perhaps most fitting that such a well-rounded song brings the album full circle. On Crew Cuts, Hoodie takes the listener into his life: shows them the tour life, shows them the writing process, shows them the nights out, shows them his friends, shows them his family–much like he’s done his entire career. And he’s still grinding. He’s still responding to thousands of fans every day on Twitter and shows no signs of stopping. Throughout all of the late nights in the studio and extended metaphors, Hoodie has remained humble and prideful and maybe most importantly, excited throughout. He is the rap game Jimmy Fallon. Now, shit I have to go to class.
I was lucky enough to kick it with G-Eazy aka Young Gerald when he came to Maine earlier this year. Javs were tossed, music was talked, all that good stuff. He’s a great dude, a really funny guy with impeccable style.
Today, he released his video with DJ Carnage for their track “Loaded,” and it has pretty much everything you’d expect from your “quintessential” rap video. Bitches, beaches, and bellies.
Sunset favorite, G-Eazy, is lending his helping hand to another Sunset favorite, Skizzy Mars in Skiz’s latest joint, Pay For You. G is on the boards, and gives us some guest bars, as Skiz does his thing as usual.
Definitely a different sound for Skiz as this sound has G-Eazy written all over it.
“Well, duh, Jordan. G produced it. What a dumb comment.”
In related news, you may have heard G-Eazy is going on a “Must Be Nice” national tour. 32 shows. Guess who he’s bringing with him? Skiz. Congrats, homie!
G-Eazy, born Gerald Gillum, released his album Must Be Nice this morning, and as is to be expected, it’s fantastic. G-Eazy continues to show off his unique voice and flow, original production, and perspective on the life of a young man traveling the world creating music. G had this to say about Must Be Nice:
Must Be Nice is a snap shot of who I am and what I’m about, at this point in my life. It’s my first proper album to introduce me to the world so I wanted to create a cohesive body of work, with a consistent sound that would flow beautifully from top to bottom.
G has been one of my favorite artists to follow over the past couple years, as he’s creating a sound altogether his own. He started gaining traction when he started sampling 50′s-era songs, but since building that platform for success, he has been able to branch out and explore his own, more original path. It’s clear that G-Eazy has found his niche, and I think the most intriguing thing about the young artist is his voice. In a time when so many young white rappers are all sounding the same, G has made his sound instantly recognizable with his nasal voice that rides the beats as smoothly as anybody else in the game right now.
1. “Marilyn” (ft. Dominique LeJeune) – G-Eazy
2. ”Hello” – G-Eazy
3. ”Must Be Nice” (ft. Johanna Fay) – G-Eazy
Favorite tracks off Must Be Nice: Marilyn (this will likely always be a favorite hip hop song of mine), Lady Killers, Must Be Nice
G-Eazy and Hoodie Allen are touring together this fall. Sunset in the Rearview is proud to be a sponsor of the Plastic Dreams section of the tour alongside our brother blog Pigeons and Planes. Check the schedule after the jump and definitely make it out to a show if you can. Both young artists are incredibly fun to see live, and both are rising quickly in the world of hip-hop for good reason. Flyer for Plastic Dreams tour:
As I sit here and try to come up with a witty opener, or a clever/humorous post for you, I got nothing. All I got is a new track with G-Eazy and Hoodie Allen. It is a banger, and it is awesome. You should totally download it and cop G’s album dropping in a few weeks.
G-Eazy & Hoodie remind me of Paul Rudd and Sean William Scott in Role Models. Partners in crime. Not sure who is who, but they’re white, so they’re Ben Affleck.
Here’s what G posted about the song:
Possibly one of the swaggiest tracks off Must Be Nice… “Lady Killers” is an irony soaked banger about how awesome rap life is. I got my tour mate and friend from way back, young Hoodie Allen to hop on it too so be sure to check us out on the “Excellent Adventure Tour” as we travel the country snatching babes.
Must Be Nice will be available for purchase on iTunes and for free online on September 26th. Below is the album trailer for it.
Over the past few years we have seen G-Eazy develop into the artist he is today. Last year he really found his niche with the retro-sampling The Endless Summer. But I think he made his biggest turn with this year’s “Marilyn,” his most personal release to date, featuring intimate details of the end of a relationship. Since then, he has dropped a couple of these next level singles–this one included. These songs are perfect segues into the release of his newest album Must Be Nice, which is set to drop in September.
It’s been almost a year since Endless Summer dropped. On that tape I think G found a sound that fit his image perfectly. He became the white rapper that dressed like the classics and then sampled the classics. His last release ”Marilyn” quickly became one of our favorite songs of the year. I’m hoping this one does the same. It features frequent collaborator Devon Baldwin and an original doo-wop beat.
You got me going mad, crazy just a tad / All that I can think about, I need you so bad
Buy the song on iTunes here. Support good music.
Welcome to the 6th On The iPod feature. To refresh your memories, let me recap what this feature entails. We are asking people, be they artists, listeners, or fans, what they would do if they were stranded on an island with an iPod that held only 10 songs. Which songs would they pick and why? Up to bat: G-Eazy, one of Sunset’s favorite emerging hip-hop stars.
1. Nas – Halftime
Illmatic is probably one of my 3 favorite albums of all time. It’s hard for me to pick my favorite song off of it, because it’s really one of those I like to listen to top to bottom. But if i had to pick one song to have on my iPod, itd be halftime. He goes in so hard on this track, these verses never get old. His bar structures and rhyme schemes are so crazy.
2. Kanye West – Drive Slow
It’s really hard to pick a favorite Kanye song, but this one is a classic, it just never gets old. The story he tells is so vivid… And that beat, man… He flipped 2pacs “shorty wanna be a thug” and just made it sound so much better. It’s definitely one you can play over and over.
3. Outkast – Aquemini
4. Johnny Cash – Folsom Prison Blues
My grandpa and my mom both used to play Johnny Cash records all the time, so I heard them over and over again growing up, and I eventually got into his music on my own later on. He’s always been a staple on my iPod or iPhone or whatever.
5. Harry McClintock – Big Rock Candy Mountain
This is legitimately one of my favorite songs of all time. The story of a utopia told from the perspective of a hobo coming down the railroad tracks in those days is fuckin classic. Plus I’d need some of that to keep my spirits up.
6. 2Pac – Thugz Mansion
This is basically pac’s version of ‘big rock candy mountain’. If I was stranded on an island I would definitely need these records on my iPod, just so I could imagine being there.
7. The Beatles – Eleanor Rigby
8. The Beatles – Strawberry Fields Forever
9. Daft Punk – Something About Us
10. Lupe Fiasco – Day Dreamin’
I figure if I was stranded, I’d have plenty of time to lay around and kick it… this would be a perfect record. It’s also my favorite Lupe song.
Our boy G-Eazy dropped the video for his 2012 single, “Marilyn” today. This is one of my favorite songs of the year so far. To say I was incredibly excited, on the verge of doing jumping jacks and somersaults at work, would be an understatement. Yep, understatement. Get on the G-Eazy train, if you’re not already. (And if that’s the case, where the hell have you been?) This dude is not fucking around.
These visuals are all too real, if you ask me. I love that they’ve made it into a short film, which is, I believe, what I always liked most about the song. It’s a story, and far too many of us understand it.
This is about to be the JAM. Every now and then I need some of that ignorance to bump and this fills that role perfectly. For those of you unaware of Sir Carnage, he’s homies with Theo London and has produced for the likes of Theophilus himself, Kreayshawn, A$AP Rocky, and others, most recently known for the Theo x A$AP collaboration “Big Spender.”
He dropped a video for Loaded a while back which I was disappointed with because it was so short and there was no MP3 to download. But I played it on YouTube over and over again, dancing around cooking wonton soup for days.
Now, I get an extended version with Sunset favorite G-Eazy on it? Why thank you, bartender, that’s exactly what I’d like. Both Young Gerald and DJ Carnage are about to blow up. I’m calling a twitter verification for both of ‘em by September.
I Be Stayin One Hunned/ Vans On, My Pockets Chunky (Stupid Chunky)
Smooth new song from Sunset-favorite, G-Eazy. This just sounds really natural…G rhymes perfectly to the beat. G is really starting to sound like something for young rappers to look up to. He has a unique sound, he’s making a niche market for himself that is separate from a lot of other young, white rappers, and his flow is really easy on the ears. With a beat like this one, I could listen to this song on repeat all day. Really a beautiful sound.
Here’s what G-Eazy had to say about the song:
Check out my new single ‘Marilyn’ featuring New Orleans’ indie songstress Dominique LeJeune. After seeing her play at a small DIY backyard concert, I tracked her down and brought her to my studio. She’s got such an amazing, unique voice, so I was stoked to see what we could put together. The outcome was an extremely personal song about the highs and lows of an intense relationship.
Life is too short trying to hold it all together/ It’s gone before you know it, but tonight could last forever
[via Interview Magazine]